Teddy Bear Fund Drive

Deb Mikolic and Lori Hennessey of Indiana Regional Medical Center, Mark Bertig of Renda Broadcasting and Steve Wolfe, CEO of IRMC, as Bertig presents a check for $48,039 from the Teddy Bear Fund Drive to IRMC on April 20, 2010.

Schools Make Huge Contributions

Every year we are thrilled to welcome local school representatives to our studios and hear about their efforts and fun in raising money for the Teddy Bear Fund Drive. And they are so successful!

Starting the week of Dec. 21, area schools paid us a visit and brought along checks from their Teddy Bear Fund Drive fund raising events:
Dec. 21: Purchase Line South Elementary, $1,000 - Dylan Detwiler (student) and Krista Peles (teacher); Homer-Center Elementary, $8,401.12 - Trevor Mlakar, Emily Zerfoss, Brooklyn Neal, Shelby Ursiac, Drew Kaufman, Megan Ratay, Kaylee Pribish and McKenzie Arone. In the background, Mark Bertig of Renda Broadcasting and Principal Michael Stofa.
Dec. 22: Horace Mann Elementary (Indiana), $1,300 - Connor Tshudy, Bridget Bock, Logan Tshudy, Brett Brice and C.J. Hughes
Dec. 23: Indiana Area Junior High, $2,043.65 - Katherine Evans,. Sara Freehling, Harrison Padasak, Brittany Evans and Morgan Schamus; Indiana County Technology Center, $1,703.55 - Kelly Haase, Brooke Brenner and Tara Coleman; Indiana Area Senior High (total pending) - Morgan Mohney, Irene Berman-Vaporis, Alex Hilditch and Garnet Fryling; Eisenhower Elementary, $1,841.95 - Jacob Kovalchick, Jacob Zilinskas, Becky Shellenberger and Rachele Smith; East Pike Elementary, $1,494.06 - Sean Bray, Ian Helsel, Maya West, and Megan Lydick; Ben Franklin Elementary, $2,497.50 - Kacey Raible, Ben Strong, Jamie Simmons and Wiley Frumkin
Dec. 29: Seventh Day Adventist Church, $225 - Nicole Kessler, Carissa Kessler, Tony Koscho and Anna Romance
Feb. 19: Homer-Center High School, $3,200 - Lou Stepanik (Student Council Advisor), Justin Smyers (Junior High Student Council President), and Gabe Wolford (Senior High Student Council President)

HC High
 HC High
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Horace Mann
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Ben Franklin

East Pike



Ind. Jr. High

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PL Elementary

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East Pike



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Our thanks to Blairsville (Charlie Brown), Homer-Center (Misfit Toys), Indiana (Christmas Story) and Marion Center (Wonderful Life) high schools for decorating our studio windows for the Teddy Bear Fund Drive! Happy Holidays!



Marion Center

Rose Inn Fundraiser

A great time was had by all at the Rose Inn on Dec. 11, as Senator Don White and Representative Dave Reed and Renda Broadcasting personality Ashley Pribicko served as guest bartenders and lots of great items were raffled off, including:

2009 white Steeler football with engraved signatures, signed Kris Letang puck, signed Andy LaRouche jersey, and other great items!

Teddy Bear Fund Drive
at the Indiana Mall

The Indiana in the Morning Show aired live from the Indiana Mall on the morning of Friday, Nov. 27, the biggest shopping day of the year. Renda Broadcasting staff met with shoppers and collected donations for the Teddy Bear Fund Drive.

Our thanks go out to the Indiana Mall and to all the shoppers that met our staff and generously donated or bought raffle tickets. We collected $474, which will go to buying teddy bears for kids at Indiana Regional Medical Center. It was another Teddy Bear Fund Drive success, with more to come. Happy Holidays!

Here are the winners of the raffle:
Cindy Toy - $100 Lorelli's Jewelry Gift Certificate
Lisa McCoy - $50 Indiana Mall Gift Card
Melissa Domino
- $25 Mobile Phone Pros Gift Certificate
Judy Zacherl - $10 Finish Line Gift Card
Ruth Kowalski - $10 Gardner's Candies Gift Certificate
Pat Lydic - Glass Gallery Gift Set
Josh Overdorff - Steelers Prize Pack
Jean Dawson - Craft Prize Pack

See the flash photo gallery below to view photos from the Indiana Mall event!

Annual Spaghetti Dinner
The annual Teddy Bear Fund Drive spaghetti luncheon and dinner took place Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2009 in the Indiana Regional Medical Center cafeteria.

Our thanks go out to Bruno's and Luigi's Italian Ristorante for donating the sauce, to Del Grosso's for donating the meatballs, to Turner Dairy for donating the drinks and to Giant Eagle Bakery for donating the rolls. And of course, special thanks go out to IRMC and everyone who dined with us on Wednesday. Thanks for making the spaghetti dinner another great Teddy Bear Fund Drive success!

Many Renda Broadcasting community teammates helped throughout the event. In the photos below, teammates Carrie Rayko, Mark Hilliard and Mark Bertig serve up heaping helpings of spaghetti, while Michael Drawl (photo 4) and Steve Aydelotte (photo 9) sell raffle tickets.
A special thanks from Mark Bertig
On behalf of our team at Renda Broadcasting of Indiana, I would like to take the opportunity to announce that the 2008-09 Teddy Bear Fund Drive was a huge success raising a record $72,218.79 for the Indiana Regional Medical Center Pediatrics Department and the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.  
The  video

On Friday, March 27th, we aired our Teddy Bear Fund Drive Wrap-up show on all four of our stations. Bill Otto, Chairman of our annual drive hosted Steve Wolfe, C.E.O. of Indiana Regional Medical Center, Paula Hencil, IRMC Administrator, and Mark Richards, V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations. A check was presented to Indiana Regional Medical Center in the amount of $58,775.03 and to Children’s Hospital in the amount of $13,443.76.

Additionally, we were excited to announce that one of our new Teddy Bear Fund Drive initiatives, “Touchdowns for Kids” was recognized by the PA Association of Broadcasters for the Best Public/Community Service Campaign in the state. The Touchdowns for Kids campaign was a special partnership with Toyota USA and Colonial Toyota of Indiana, Renda Broadcasting, and our 8 local Indiana County High School football teams. For every point scored, Toyota USA/Colonial Toyota donated $3. The 8 teams combined for 1,680 points which raised $5,040 for this year’s drive.

As always, our local schools came through with significant contributions, and that is what the Teddy Bear Fund Drive has always been about….Kids Helping Kids!

Plans are underway for the 2009-10 drive as our team looks forward to the 30th annual Teddy Bear Fund Drive.
- Mark Bertig, Vice President and Regional Manager

 The latest photos from the TBFD
Renda Broadcasting of Indiana and its affiliated stations including 1450 WDAD-AM, News-Talk 1160 WCCS, Country 106.3, and U-92.5 FM proudly sponsor the Teddy Bear Fund Drive. For the past 30 years, the Teddy Bear Fund Drive has benefitted the Pediatrics Unit at Indiana Regional Medical Center and the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and has raised in excess of $1,800,000 dollars including over $70,000 last year.

“To me, there are very few things more important than helping others, especially children,” said Bill Otto, one of Renda Broadcasting’s personalities. “Everyday costs are constantly rising and many families simply cannot afford health care.”

Renda Broadcasting of Indiana, as part of our “Community Teammates” initiative, developed four teams of employees and organized numerous fundraisers during last year’s campaign. “Our employees played a bigger role than ever before,” stated Mark Bertig, Vice President and Regional Manager for the company. “I would like to thank our employees for recognizing the importance of the Teddy Bear Fund Drive and volunteering their time outside of the workplace and normal working hours,” said Mark. “It is important to give back and I’m extremely proud of our entire staff.”

In addition to many fundraisers from station personnel, traditionally Indiana County schools play the largest role in making the fund drive a success.

“It is inspiring to watch children helping children,” said Bill Otto.

“The involvement of our local schools is vitally important,” added Bertig. “You can see the pride when the children bring in their donations.”

“Children need quality healthcare all year long,” says Otto. “I encourage families, businesses, social organizations and individuals to aid in this effort whenever possible.”
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